DTE: 670000 without power

More than half the electricity customers who lost power Wednesday across southeast MI are still in the dark Friday morning.

High winds are knocking down trees and power lines in parts of MI and fueling fires.

Utility officials say that numerous outages are due to trees and large branches being blown onto powerlines.

Peak wind gusts from Southwest Lower Michigan up to Mt. "With the rough weather continuing, we expect this to be a multi-day restoration effort". Downed trees and power lines also posed a problem during the storm, leaving many without power.

Temperatures are expected to dip into the teens tonight.

Warming centers have been set up across Metro Detroit - You can view the list here.

DTE Energy announced Thursday the hardest-hit county is Wayne County.

Because of the storm's duration and statewide impact, some customers in the worst impacted areas may not have power restored until Sunday, Consumers Energy said in a news release. Customers can also call DTE at 800-477-4747 to report power outages or downed lines.

Restoration estimates reach into Sunday in some areas.

"We see two, three per year high wind events", Manion said. "These types of events have only happened about 14 times since 1941 around here". That, combined with the high winds, caused trees to uproot, falling onto DTE's poles and power lines.

"It was a very, very similar setup".

The Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Agency on Energy urge utility customers to exercise caution when using supplemental home heating sources or portable generators. They had max winds of 86 miles per hour. Be sure to stay at least 20 feet away from all power lines and always consider them to be live. They are extremely unsafe.

DTE Energy crews are out in force restoring power to our customers and protecting the public from fallen wires.

In a Twitter reply, DTE indicated that they were working to restore their online outage map that can be used to track neighborhood outages across the region. "It is DTE's responsibility to ensure our investment decisions meet our customers' energy needs - with affordability and reliability among our top priorities".

Initial reports indicate approximately 650,000 electric customers have lost power to homes and businesses across MI. If a power line falls on your vehicle, remain inside until help arrives.

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